Land Surveying and Geomatics
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United States National Map Accuracy Standards
Glossary of Cartographic Terms
Table of US State Statutory Definitions compiled by URISA

Definitions of Geomatics

Definition of Cadastral

Definitions of Land Surveying

from Purdue , the Dictionary of Occupational Titles , Britannica , Encarta Encyclopedia

from the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Act of 1989:

Short Form:
the determination and physical protraction of land boundaries,

together with the attendant preparation of legal (title) descriptions and plats which bear witness for posterity and become part of the public record to chronicle the acts and wishes of landowners.

Long Form:
Any one or combination of the following practices constitutes the practice of land surveying:

Surveying, preparation of boundary descriptions and measuring the area of any portion of the earth's surface, the lengths and directions of the boundary lines, or the contour of the surface for their determination and description for conveying or for recording, or for establishing or reestablishing, locating, defining, and making or monumenting land boundaries or lines and the platting of lands and subdivisions;

Surveying and measuring the area of any portion of the earth's subsurface, or surveying and measuring an area of the airspace over the earth's surface, to determine the location of property rights;

Preparing, and stating to the accuracy of, a map or plat showing the land boundaries or lines and the marks and monuments of the boundaries, or of a map or plat showing the boundaries of subsurface or air rights;

Executing and issuing certificates, endorsements, reports, or plats which portray the relationship between existing physical objects or structures and one or more corners or boundaries of any tract or lot of land or boundaries of a portion of the surface, subsurface, or airspace;

Labeling, designating, naming, or otherwise identifying legal lines, property lines or land title lines of the United States Rectangular System or any subdivision thereof on any photograph, photographic composite, or mosaic or photogrammetric map of any portion of the earth's surface for the purpose of recording the same in the Office of Recorder or Registrar of Titles in any county;

Determining the position for any monument or reference point which makrs a property line, boundary, or corner, or to set, reset, or replace any monument or reference point on any property;

Acting in direct supervision and control of land surveying activities or conducting as a manager in any place of business which solicits, performs, or practices land surveying;

Any act or combination of acts which would be viewed as offering professional land surveying services including:

Setting monuments which have the appearance of or for the express purpose of marking land boundaires, either directly or as an accessory; or

providing any sketch, map, plat, report, monument record, or other document which indicates land boundaries and monuments, or accessory monuments thereto, except that if such sketch, map, plat, report, monument record, or other document is a copy of an original prepared by a Professional Land Surveyor, and if proper reference to that fact be made on said document;

Offering or soliciting to perform any of the services as set forth above.

from the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Act of 1989


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